Delhi's thallium killer: Man inspired by Saddam Hussein murders wife, in-laws 

Varun Arora was inspired by articles related to the toxin and its use by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and used it to kill his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law. 

Published: 26th March 2021 10:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2021 10:54 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  A Delhi-based builder has been arrested for allegedly poisoning his wife and other family members by mixing a toxin called thallium in their food, police said on Thursday. A police officer said accused Varun Arora was inspired by articles related to the toxin and its use by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and used it to kill his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law. 

His wife, who was also poisoned, is on ventilator support at a hospital, police said. Arora mixed the toxin in their food to take revenge from his wife and her family members for helping her abort their child without his consent, police said. On Monday, police received information that a woman named Anita Devi Sharma of Inder Puri, had been declared dead at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The doctors had opined that the death was caused due to poisoning by thallium which had been detected in her blood and urine, police said.  On enquiry, it was found that Sharma’s daughter Divya was also admitted in the ICU of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and she too was undergoing treatment for thallium poisoning. She was on ventilator support, the officer said.

Sometime later, it was also revealed that Priyanka, Sharma’s younger daughter had died during treatment at B L Kapoor Hospital on February 15 and doctors had detected symptoms of thallium poisoning in her, police said. Sharma’s husband Devendra Mohan was also found to have symptoms of thallium poisoning while the maid, who was working at their house, also had undergone treatment at RML Hospital for similar symptoms, the officer said.

Investigations revealed that the deceased woman’s son-in-law Arora had visited them January and brought cooked fish for them. “After we registered the case, Arora was interrogated in which he admitted to have procured thallium and also administering it to his mother-in-law Anita, wife Divya, father-in-law Devender Mohan and sister-in-law Priyanka to take revenge,” DCP (west) Urvija Goel said. Thallium was recovered from his house at Greater Kailash, the DCP said.

Wanted to take revenge: Accused 
Arora decided to take revenge from wife because she aborted their child by taking her parents’ help and without consulting him. He had thought that unborn child was his dead father’s reincarnation

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